Category: Design

Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore

Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore typography public transportation furniture Baltimore architecture

Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore typography public transportation furniture Baltimore architecture

Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore typography public transportation furniture Baltimore architecture

Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore typography public transportation furniture Baltimore architecture

Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore typography public transportation furniture Baltimore architecture

Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore typography public transportation furniture Baltimore architecture

Residents of a neighborhood in Baltimore now have the most obvious place to wait for a bus ever designed. The ingenious stop is comprised of three 14′ typographic sculptures that literally spell out the word “BUS” while functioning as benches and a novel leisure space. The bus stop was unveiled last month by artist collective mmmm…, a creative collaboration between Emilio Alarcón, Alberto Alarcón, Ciro Márquez, and Eva Salmerón, who have been designing public spaces in Madrid since 1998. This is their second project in the United States. Via the collective’s website:

BUS is made with wood and steel, materials that are typically used to build urban furniture. The three letters of BUS are big enough to accommodate two to four people each and protect them from rain, sun, wind, and inclement weather. They allow people to assume different postures of sitting or standing while waiting for the bus. The S allows people to lie back while they wait, and the B provides shelter.

The BUS project was developed in conjunction with SPAIN arts & culture, Creative Alliance, and is part of TRANSIT, a creative placemaking initiative between Europe and Baltimore. You can see much more, here. (via Escape Kit)

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A Brain-Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture
Nikola Lenivets

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture
Nikola Lenivets

As part of the New Media Night Festival last month at Moscow’s Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, one of the most unusual video-mapping projects we’ve seen took place against the backdrop of Nikolay Polissky’s (previously) brain-like Universe Mind structure. The twisting, serpentine building has been used for years as a centerpiece to many events at the art park which now boasts a collection of almost 30 architecturally-influenced artworks, including a 170-foot trampoline installed in the middle of a forest.

For this year’s New Media Night Festival, media design studio Radugadesign was comissioned to set ‘Universe Mind’ in motion with this 8-minute video projection. If you’d like to get a feel for what it’s like to step inside the building under normal circumstances, check out this interactive 360° panorama. (via The Creator’s Project)

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A 130-Year-Old Japanese Pottery Shop Puts a Modern Spin on Traditional Kutani Tableware

A 130 Year Old Japanese Pottery Shop Puts a Modern Spin on Traditional Kutani Tableware tea pottery Japan

A 130 Year Old Japanese Pottery Shop Puts a Modern Spin on Traditional Kutani Tableware tea pottery Japan

A 130 Year Old Japanese Pottery Shop Puts a Modern Spin on Traditional Kutani Tableware tea pottery Japan

A 130 Year Old Japanese Pottery Shop Puts a Modern Spin on Traditional Kutani Tableware tea pottery Japan

A 130 Year Old Japanese Pottery Shop Puts a Modern Spin on Traditional Kutani Tableware tea pottery Japan

A 130 Year Old Japanese Pottery Shop Puts a Modern Spin on Traditional Kutani Tableware tea pottery Japan

A 130 Year Old Japanese Pottery Shop Puts a Modern Spin on Traditional Kutani Tableware tea pottery Japan

A 130 Year Old Japanese Pottery Shop Puts a Modern Spin on Traditional Kutani Tableware tea pottery Japan

Founded in 1879 in Ishikawa, Japan, Kutani Choemon have been creating handmade and hand-painted pottery for the better part of 130 years, and while the history shows in the quality of their work, the subject matter is a bit more contemporary. Skateboarders, surfers, and drummers rendered in blue Kutani color glazes adorn a wide variety of their tableware and tea ceremony utensils, bringing a quirky and modern vibe to a traditionally conservative craft. You can see more over in the Kutani Choemon shop. (via Designers Go to Heaven)

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Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One-of-a-Kind Furniture Pieces

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One of a Kind Furniture Pieces wood furniture aluminum

Product designer Hilla Shamia has developed a novel way to meld poured aluminum with irregularly shaped wood pieces to create sleek tables and benches. The process preserves that natural form of the tree trunk while still allowing the molten aluminum to flow into the crevices of the wood, slightly burning the area where the two materials meet. These remind me somewhat of Greg Klassen’s glass tables from last month here on Colossal. You can see more of Shamia’s work on her website. (via The Fox is Black)

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Generic Plastic Bubble Wrap Transformed into Mini Goldfish Bowls by Daisuke Akiyama

Generic Plastic Bubble Wrap Transformed into Mini Goldfish Bowls by Daisuke Akiyama packaging fish

Created by Tokyo-based designer Daisuke Akiyama, this packaging concept effectively turns the small air pockets of plastic bubble wrap into miniature fish bowls. Akiyama says the novel idea is an attempt to make the irresistible plastic bubbles “psychologically more difficult to pop.” Currently the idea is just a prototype, but supposedly he’s working on marketing the idea to a manufacturer. (via NOTCOT, Spoon & Tamago)

Update: Many have questioned if the fish used in the concept are real. They are not. These are images printed inside plastic bubbles.

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Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Based in Narita City, Japanese artist Sakae creates exquisite hair ornaments known as kanzashi. The traditional hair pieces have been around for quite some time in Japan, but these pieces—each hand-crafted from resin with a delicate brass wire around the edges—are startlingly realistic and the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. Depending on the complexity of the pieces they can take anywhere between 3 and 30 days. If you’re trying to get your hands on one of these, don’t get your hopes up. Sakae only occasionally puts one up for sale. And when she does it’s through Yahoo Auctions in Japan. Her latest auction just closed earlier this week. It attracted 215 buyers and finally sold for 400,000 yen. You can keep up with her (and her auctions) on her Facebook page or see her previous work on flickr. (via Mister Finch)

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Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Lucie Houdkova

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Andrée-Anne Dupuis-Bourret

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Marine Coutroutsios

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Geraldine Gonzalez

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Mia Pearlman

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Cecilia Levy

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books

Just published by Gingko Press, Paper Play is a new 256-page book exploring the use of paper in contemporary art and design. The book features no less than 82 designers and artists who use paper in sculptures, jewelry, street art, installations and everything else you can imagine. I started listing out all the artists we’ve featured here on the Colossal who are included in the book, but it got a bit unwieldy after a dozen. Pick it up here.

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